By Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is getting ready to move people displaced by the East Harlem explosion into apartments.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the Department of Homeless Services has about 50 apartments available for families in private buildings where non-profits are involved in the management.

And the Real Estate Board is arranging for more apartments on the East Side. Those will be available for up to three months.

De Blasio, who spoke after touring a temporary shelter, says some families might be able to move starting Friday.

The city also is working with the YMCA to house displaced individuals.



The mayor said some people will only need to be housed a few days. Others will need help for several months. And some will require a permanent new solution.

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